JCEB Government Agency Meetings
The ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB) is comprised of the Sections of Business Law; Health Law; Labor and Employment Law; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Taxation; and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice. The ACEBC is a Liaison Member of the JCEB. The JCEB coordinates employee benefits activities including CLE programs and meetings with federal agency officials reported as a series of questions and answers. The JCEB's website is http://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/
Agency Q&A Sessions. Each spring, the JCEB submits questions and proposed answers from employee benefit practitioners to the various federal agencies responsible with regulation of employee benefit plans. Representatives from the JCEB then meet with officials from those agencies in Washington, DC to discuss the questions and proposed answers. The discussions reflect the unofficial, individual views of the government participants as of the time of the discussion, and do not necessarily represent agency policy. These reports are available to the public. In 2011 the JCEB met with the IRS / Treasury, DOL, EEOC, HHS, PBGC and SEC.
Because of its status as a Liaison Member, the ACEBC is allowed to designate attendees at the Q&A Sessions. For some sessions the ACEBC is allowed only one representative, while for others the ACEBC may have the ability to designate more than one. Each year ACEBC members are contacted via the listserve to see whether they have an interest in attending and, to the extent sessions are oversubscribed, members are selected to attend.